Michael Smith at the Stained Glass Coffeehouse
MICHAEL PETER SMITH FLOWS WITH HIS RIVER OF SONGS
by Terry Roland
"The dutchman's not the kind of man who keeps his thumb jammed in the dam that holds his dreams in..." Michael Peter Smith from his song, The Dutchman
If singer-songwriters form a kind of river of song, there are streams which flow into that single, universal body of water. The streams they follow serve the songs they write. Some are cowboys, some would-be beat poets, others are philosophers, political commentators, or comic storytellers.
Michael Peter Smith has followed many different streams leading him to become one of the finest songwriters of the last 40 years. His songs reflects his admiration for the other art forms he's encountered in his life. He could be compared to a great writer of American literature, an abstract painter, a playwright or a sculptor.
Most recognizable as the writer of the classic The Dutchman, originally covered by Steve Goodman and later by Suzy Boguss, Jerry Jeff-Walker, and Tom Russell, he has created a body of work that's as diverse as it is skillfully crafted.
He moved to Chicago in the 70's to become a part of the singer-songwriter scene which included John Prine and Steve Goodman. He became well known for his songs. But, his most notable success came in 1987 when he was asked to write the music for the Steppenwolf Theater's production of The Grapes of Wrath which went on to international success. He has also produced music for a children's theater production of The Snow Queen, a play he continues to work on to his own satisfaction even though it's produced annually at Christmas in Chicago.
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